Senator Daylin Leach
Co-Author of the Medical Marijuana Act
Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) was born in Philadelphia in 1961.
He attended Temple University, where he graduated with a degree in Political
Science, and earned a Law Degree from the University of Houston Law Center
in 1983. After law school, Daylin moved back to Southeastern Pennsylvania
where he practiced law for 17 years focusing on general litigation. He
focused on constitutional, Criminal, Corporate and appellate litigation.
Daylin argued numerous cases before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and
other state and federal appellate courts. Daylin also taught constitutional
law, legal ethics, and First Amendment law as an adjunct professor at
Cedar Crest and Muhlenberg Colleges.
Daylin had an early interest in public service, volunteering on his first
campaign when he was 12. He later served as President of the Pennsylvania
Young Democrats, as a member on the Allentown Zoning Board and co-hosted
a weekly political debate show. He also ran for Lehigh County Commissioner
at the age of 27, winning the primary in an upset and losing the general
election by less than 1% of the vote. He managed numerous campaigns and
served as a speech-writer and debate coach for many candidates.
In 1998, Daylin moved to Montgomery County. First elected to the General
Assembly in the fall of 2002, Daylin has focused on civil rights, environmental
protection, education, health care and political reform. Notable accomplishments
include his measures signed into law that introduce hybrid cars into the
state fleet and provide, for the first time, state funds for breast and
ovarian cancer screening for low-income women.
He also passed legislation banning the shackling of pregnant female prisoners,
creating a new corporate entity known as a B-Corp which gives corporations
more flexibility in engaging in public service. He also authored legislation
which made Pennsylvania one of the leading states in the nation in fighting
human trafficking. In 2016 his medical marijuana bill passed the House
and the Senate and at this point, awaits final action.
He also championed legislative redistricting reform to end the practice
of gerrymandering and introduced legislation requiring that hospitals
offer emergency contraception to the victims of sexual assault.
After his election into the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2008, Daylin was
honored to be named Minority Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
He also serves as a member on the State Government, Policy, Education,
Environmental Resources & Energy and Appropriations. Daylin has also
continued to pursue advanced academic training on government and legislative
matters, winning a Flemming Fellowship and a full scholarship to Harvard's
Kennedy School of Government for legislative studies.
Daylin has quickly become known as the leading progressive voice in the
Pennsylvania legislature. He has championed countless important causes
including marriage equality, repealing the Voter ID law, environmental
stewardship, and redistricting reform and campaign finance reform. In
recent years he has been proud to receive legislative achievement awards
from Environmental, Educational, Animal Rights and Human Rights Organizations.
Locally, Daylin serves on a number of Boards of Directors in his community.
He is married to Jennifer Anne Mirak, a psychologist, with whom he has
two children, Brennan and Justin.
Senator Leach in the News
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Emergency Contraception in the ER
Bill: Hospitals must offer Plan B in rapes The Pa. Catholic Conference
opposes the emergency contraception.
Hospitals required to offer Plan B pills to rape victims
Rep. Daylin Leach on MSNBC
Pennsylvania senator aims to repeal 2011 abortion clinic law
Pa. high court: NRA can't challenge local gun laws
Sen. Leach seeks to ban capital punishment
Daylin Leach on the death penalty
Pennsylvania senator proposes same-sex marriage bill
Leach Loves Gays So Much He Marries Them
PA-13: Daylin Leach (D) Fights For Marriage Equality In Pennsylvania
State Sen. Daylin Leach proposes raising state minimum wage to $15 per hour
State Sen. Daylin Leach Proposes $15/Hour Minimum Wage Bill
Pa. legislator seeks paid parental leave plan
State Senator proposes legalizing marijuana in Pennsylvania
Bill to legalize marijuana in PA unveiled